Durant (0-3, 0-0) at Plant City (2-0, 0-0)
Last week: Durant lost 31-10 to Tampa Bay Tech; Plant City had a bye.
Story line: The 7A-8 opener for both teams. …The Cougars won last year’s battle, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Raiders. …Durant is coming off an undefeated 2012 regular season but has been outscored 107-16. …Raiders QB Landon Galloway is enjoying a breakout season, leading his team in passing (313 yards, three TDs) and rushing (156 yards, three TDs). But it is the defense that has been key, allowing just 188 yards of total offense in two games.
John C. Cotey’s pick: This is starting to look like the year Plant City puts it together, and the Raiders should get back to their winning ways against their rival. Plant City, 30-12.
Kelly Parsons’ pick: After a week off, expect the Raiders to take it to still winless Durant. Plant City, 41-14.
Newsome (2-1, 0-0) at Alonso (2-1, 0-0)
Last week: Newsome lost 27-7 to Sickles; Alonso d. East Bay 35-3.
Story line: Despite some rebuilding, Newsome was riding high after two surprising victories to start the season until running into Sickles. They need to get the running game back on track this week. …Alonso held East Bay, which runs a similar offense to the Wolves, to no touchdowns. The offense is still not playing sharply. …The Ravens are led by RB Ish Witter, who has scored a TD is each game and has 295 yards. New quarterback Chris Oladokun hasn’t been terribly accurate, but he’s only thrown one interception in 52 attempts, and none the past two weeks.
Cotey: Both teams are better than they looked last week, but I’m guessing Alonso finds its range a little more quickly this week. Alonso, 22-20.
Parsons: Alonso’s offense could still use some work, so I expect them to struggle against a Newsome defense that has looked strong, especially in the first two weeks. Newsome, 21-14
Fort Meade (3-0, 0-0) at Tampa Catholic (2-1, 0-0), 7
Last week: Fort Meade d. Avon Park 48-0; Tampa Catholic d. Tarpon Springs 27-3.
Story line: The 3A-4 opener for both teams. …The Crusaders’ district is looking much tougher than anticipated and getting out of it will be no easy feat. The top five teams are 13-1, with the only loss belonging to TC. …Fort Meade is loaded with athletes, and RB Tyler King is coming off a 173-yard effort last week. …The Crusaders’ defense has been stout, and the offense is led by quarterback Kyle Ploucher, who is 24-for-34 for 311 yards and four TDs the past two weeks.
Cotey: Fort Meade is always impressive and could be a dangerous team come postseason, but the Crusaders may be more tested at this point. Tampa Catholic, 21-14.
Parsons: Fort Meade has had some commanding wins so far, so I don’t expect the offense to back down yet. The Miners win a close one. Fort Meade, 24-21.
Calvary Christian (3-0, 0-0) at Carrollwood Day (1-2, 0-1), 4
Last week: Calvary Christian d. Northside Christian 34-6; Carrollwood Day d. Shorecrest 49-22.
Story line: Both teams have playoff aspirations and this game will be a good measuring stick before district play heats up next week. …The Warriors are led by RB Danny Giordano, who already has nine TDs to go with 448 yards. But the Warriors have had 13 other players carry the ball as well. …After a disappointing first two weeks, CDS got back to winning last week as QB Taylor King threw for 309 yards and WR Michael Smith had six catches for 197 yards. …Calvary’s defense has posted only three sacks this season, good news for CDS, which has had trouble protecting its quarterback.
Cotey: Calvary Christian has almost twice as many players on its roster as CDS, and at 4 p.m. in the afternoon with a strong running game, the Warriors should wear the Patriots down. Calvary, 35-24.
Parsons: Calvary has proven its ground game can be hard to stop, and CDS has given up quite a few points in the first three weeks. Warriors should run their way to another victory. Calvary, 28-21.
Chamberlain (2-1, 2-0) at King (3-0, 1-0)
Cotey: King has shown off a bruising running attack so far, and it should carry it past the Chiefs. King, 23-8.
Parsons: King has yet to play a winning team, so Chamberlain could be its biggest test so far this season. The Lions have what it takes, though, to prevail. King, 24-14.
Spoto (0-3, 0-0) at East Bay (2-1, 0-0)
Cotey: East Bay didn’t play as poorly as Monday’s score indicated, but the offense has to stop coughing the ball up. East Bay, 23-14.
Parsons: Not reaching the end zone a single time Monday had to get under the Indians’ skin, so you can bet they’ll be fighting hard to end that streak. East Bay, 21-7
Largo (2-1, 0-0) at Jesuit (1-2, 0-0)
Cotey: Largo may still be without starting quarterback Donavan Hale, but its rushing attack will be tough for the Tigers to handle. Largo, 26-7.
Parsons: CCC all but dismantled Jesuit’s defense in the second half last week. Largo could end up doing the same. Largo 35-3.
Bloomingdale (2-0, 0-0) at Plant (2-0-1, 0-0)
Cotey: The Bulls may end up contending for the runnerup spot in 8A-6 behind the Panthers and a defense that will get after QB Isaiah McIntyre. Plant, 30-0.
Parsons: The Plant defense hasn’t given up double-digit points in a game this month, and with a potent offense — one that’s scored 96 points this season — to go along, the Bulls might find themselves in some trouble. Plant, 37-7
Robinson (0-3, 0-1) at Armwood (3-0, 2-0)
Cotey: Like Hillsborough last week, Robinson will be all but eliminated from playoff contention unless it can shock the world. Armwood, 31-13.
Parsons: The Hawks are on a roll so far this season, and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Armwood, 38-7.
Riverview (1-1, 0-0) at Wharton (2-1, 0-0)
Cotey: Wharton, 28-14.
Parsons: Wharton, 21-14
Steinbrenner (1-2, 0-0) at Sickles (3-0, 0-0)
Cotey: Sickles, 35-8
Parsons: Sickles, 38-10
Gaither (1-2, 0-0) at Freedom (1-2, 0-0)
Cotey: Gaither, 21-6
Parsons: Gaither, 31-7
Wiregrass Ranch (2-1, 0-0) at Tampa Bay Tech (1-1, 0-0)
Cotey: Tampa Bay Tech, 42-0
Parsons: Tampa Bay Tech, 40-3
Brandon (1-2, 0-0) at Strawberry Crest (1-2, 0-0)
Cotey: Strawberry Crest, 28-12
Parsons: Strawberry Crest, 31-10
Hillsborough (0-2, 0-0) at Leto (0-2, 0-0)
Cotey: Hillsborough, 49-0
Parsons: Hillsborough, 41-7
Blake (1-2, 1-1) at Lennard (0-3, 0-2)
Cotey: Blake, 26-19
Parsons: Lennard, 27-21
Cambridge Christian (1-2, 0-1) at Keswick Christian (0-3, 0-2)
Cotey: Cambridge Christian, 30-16
Parsons: Cambridge Christian, 24-14
Citrus Park Christian (0-2) at Out-of-Door (0-3), 7
Cotey: Out-of-Door, 14-7
Parsons: Citrus Park Christian, 20-3